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Ring with oval gem with an athlete holding a scraper (strigil)

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Gold ring with a gem carved with a nude athlete holding a strigil for scraping oil and dirt off his body. Flat front; set in ancient gold ring round hoop and thickening shoulders. Nude youth, facing left. He holds the strigil in his left hand and steps forward with right foot. Torso in...

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By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Canosa.1899.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Republican Period, 1st century B.C.


Length: 8 mm (5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings